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Agriculture Worker Safety Day

On Thursday, January 18th, 2018 St. Lucie County Extension and Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) will host the 15th annual Agriculture Worker Safety Day at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds. Agriculture workers from St. Lucie and surrounding counties will participate in safety and worker protection classes starting at 8:00am culminating in the ever-popular Tractor Rodeo where teams compete for the coveted traveling trophy “Indian River Cup.”

The St. Lucie Fairgrounds, located at 15601 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL, 34945, has been the site of the Agriculture Worker Safety Day since it’s debut in 2003. The fairgrounds is an ideal venue with large scale vehicle parking, indoor training facilities and the huge covered arena that can host the Tractor Rodeo in all weather conditions.

Dr. Ritenour, Food Safety & Personal Hygiene training

Training classes are held in English with concurrent translation in Spanish done by UF/IFAS Extension Agents Christine Kelly-Begazo, Vanessa Campoverde and and Darren Cole. Classes include:

  • “Personal Hygiene and Food Safety” by Dr. Mark Ritenour, IRREC’s Postharvest and Horticulture Associate Professor
  • “Worker Protection” by Multi-County Fruits and Alternative Crops Agent Dr. Garima Kakkar
  • “Respirator Use” by Miami-Dade County Commercial Ornamental Horticulture Agent Vanessa Campoverde
  •  “Heat Stress and First Aid” by Citrus Research and Education Center Extension Program Manager Jamie Burrow
  • “Fire and Tractor Safety” by the St. Lucie County Fire District.
    Click here for an agenda: AG_Worker_Safety_Day_Agenda_1-18-18

While most safety topics are well known to industry personnel, the day’s event is an excellent way to reinforce previous training while networking with their peers. For more information contact Dr. Garima Kakkar at garimaiari@ufl.edu